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Our online glossary is here to help you make sense of the terminology used in the cell phone industry. It covers mobile technologies, such as 3G and 4G, and even includes a bit of information on smartphone operating systems and the companies that make the cell phones and other mobile technology devices we all use.

What is "Symbian"?

Symbian Ltd is the software firm that develops and licenses the Symbian OS. Originally spun off from Psion, a maker of PDA devices, the company now focuses on its operating system products. The company is jointly owned by Nokia, Ericsson, Matsushita (AKA Panasonic), Siemens, Sony Ericsson, and Samsung. Motorola was previously a shareholder, but it sold its shares to Psion and Nokia. Nokia later acquired Psion's shares to become the largest shareholder in the company. In June of 2008 the company bought the remaining shares of Symbian and announced that it would be offering the Symbian OS and its own S60 UI as open source through the newly formed Symbian Foundation.

See Also: Nokia, Siemens, Samsung, Symbian OS, operating system, Sony Ericsson, Symbian Foundation

Referred to by: Symbian OS, WebKit

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